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Dr. Summer Beattie, ND is a graduate of Bastyr University. She has over 12 years experience as a Naturopathic Doctor specializing in women’s health with an emphasis on environmental medicine. Having served two terms on the board of directors for the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, she has also worked in the medical aesthetics field since 2008. You can reach her at or


A note of Gratitude

The Thanksgiving Season is almost here! Somehow, I always feel like this holiday tends to get lost between Halloween and Christmas.  Origin stories about the holiday seem to stir up controversy but I think the greater message of the tradition remains important to the fabric of what makes a great holiday that we should be […]



With all of us finally settled into the school season, I hear parents discussing the common and hotly debated topic of homework.  There seems to be a wide spectrum of what any child might expect to be required of them.  Homework policies vary not only based simply on whether the child is in public or […]


Scheduling Selfishness for a Successful School Year

It is expected that Southeast Alaska will get a short summer compared to its’ closest neighboring states in the contingent US.  This year however, it seems summer never really showed up at all and it’s already over!  I was in Juneau for an always too brief visit, so while the weather didn’t bother me (I […]


Audible: The Home Remedy for the Whole Family

In my on-line facebook group, Brighter Days, I had posted a link to the April 2012 TEDTalk by Robert Gupta, entitled “Between Music and Medicine”.  I shared with the group that this video was profound for me.  He talks about that elegant integration of two things that I love – Music & Medicine. This past […]


Squatty Potty

If you are thinking of a bathroom remodel or update, you’re probably envisioning new tile and vanities, new cabinets or a soaker tub and fancy fixtures.  What may not be at the top of your plans is the one thing I rarely see in bathrooms but it or something similar should be.  That is a […]


bulbs take 2

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou Life is a series of opportunities to learn to do better.  Every month, I try to write an article with the hope that it will be of value to those of you trying to do the […]



Spring has finally arrived and in Alaska that means not just warmer days, but longer more light filled days! Yeah! I am a huge fan of more sunshine! It’s easy to take the rising of the sun and its presence in our daily lives for granted because most of us have never experienced anything other […]


Play in the Home

You saw in last month’s edition that I launched an offering for a free 4-week educational forum in which I am sharing some key foundations I believe my patients need to have in the areas of mindset, nutrition, movement and environment in order to create a life of health and happiness.  Working on that project […]


Brighter Days Are Almost Here

March 20, 2017 – The official First Day of Spring, and it could not come quickly enough. Having been born in and grown up in Alaska, I have often taken pride in not being severely affected by the extended lack of daylight during the fall and winter.  However, the older I get, the harder it […]


Contented Christmas Home

Every home has its own traditions for the Christmas season.  Even those who do not intentionally celebrate the holiday can not help but be exposed to and influenced by it.  Christmas permeates our culture, and not just locally but globally.  In one form or another, it has been part of historical celebration since even before […]


Shoes off Please

With the holiday season starting, you likely will have a lot more traffic through your home.  Prepare now to make room for all those shoes and boots!  It’s common practice in many countries (like Japan and Sweden) to remove your shoes when you enter a home.  Somehow this tradition has not become well rooted in […]


Back to School

Forgive me now for the bit of rambling this article is going to be.  I’m missing Alaska.  I sort of feel like I’ve been away for the summer and now school is starting and it’s time to be back.  Only, I’m not headed North – not yet.  Facebook was flooded with first day of school […]

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